Bernhard Raimann, a converted wide receiver from Austria, started his career playing with the Vienna Vikings as a teenager in his homeland. He came to America as an exchange student, going to Delton-Kellogg High School in Delton, Michigan. He quickly caught the attention of Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego. Raimann came to Central Michigan as a tight end, and switched to offensive tackle in the 2020 offseason, putting on 50 pounds in the covid-laden offseason. Reportedly, Raimann still has a 33″ vertical leap.
OT – #76 Central Michigan
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Delton-Kellogg (Steinbrunn, Austria)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7810)
Phil Steele: PS#87TE
Bernhard Raimann Scouting Report
Lateral quickness could be better, Raimann consistently struggled with speed rushers off the edge. Susceptible to a good rip move. Other than that, stands in there well.
Looks great for power and withstanding a bull rush but struggles to handle other rip-style moves. Strong stance and shows good bend. Struggled to recover at times, was late with his step to set up. Lacks some of the hand strength of other prospects in this class. Some of his techniques, such as the use of his stiff arm, could be better. Struggles to stay with the block with a lack of intensity.
Strong pass blocker, however not very mobile. Passes defenders off with ease. Picks up his assignment quickly. Not a particularly strong run blocker. Played in a pro-style scheme that didn’t ask much of him regarding college-level tricks. Ran slants, regular zone pass sets, and even pro-style RPO schemes. Handles stunts very well. Showed the ability to work well within his system and appeared to understand it well.
What we want to see from Bernhard Raimann in Mobile
- Bernard Raimann has only played tackle for two years, which means that there still is growth left as he learns the position. His biggest issue on tape was handling speed off of the edge. How will he handle some of the best speed rushers in Mobile in 1v1’s?
- Raimann needs to work on refining some of his hand technique and creating more of an intensity while engaging in his block. Can he show some of that in Mobile?
Pre-Senior Bowl Projection
As of now, Raimann is a project prospect. He’s shown potential as a tackle in the NFL, but there is a lot of technique and mechanics he still has to learn before he can start effectively in the NFL. I don’t see him starting in the league for the next two years at the very least. He would best fit in a zone scheme and projects better as a long-term depth tackle.
The other question becomes where his ceiling is. It’s not all that high, from what I can see, maybe at the very best a low-end starter at left tackle. We think that Raimann is a seventh-round/PFA target who may or may not get drafted by a team looking to take a chance on him.